God’s Name is Yahweh

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“I am YHWH, and there is no one else. With the exception of me there is no God…” (Isaiah 45:5).

God has a name. His name is הוהי. These four Hebrew letters are called the Tetragrammaton (which means “four letters”) and are pronounced as Yahweh. Hebrew is read backwards so you can see for yourself that the first and third letters are different and the second and forth letters are the same. All scholars spell the Tetragrammaton YHWH but there is discussion between pronouncing YHWH as Yahweh, Jahweh, or Jehovah. Most languages in the world incorrectly pronounce YHWH as Jehovah, with three syllables, while YHWH in Hebrew is pronounced Yahweh, with only two syllables. It is rational to pronounce God’s name the way His people pronounce it.  Furthermore, it is not rational to add another syllable to anyone’s name.

The best and most simple proof of the proper pronunciation of YHWH as Yahweh is the word Halleluiah. When you say or sing this word, which means “praise YHWH,” you pronounce the last syllable as “Yah,” using a “Y” as in the word “yellow” or “yesterday.” The oral tradition of this word has carried on for centuries that the first syllable of YHWH is pronounced as “Yah.”

Knowing and using God’s name is essential.  And for the rest of this devotional we are going to write God’s name as Yahweh or YHWH.